What tension should I use on my sewing machine?

How do I know if my sewing machine tension is too high?

If there are loops on the right side (red thread with black loops), the upper thread tension is too tight. If there are loops on the bottom side (black thread with red loops), the bobbin thread tension is too tight. Most of the time, the upper tension needs to be adjusted.

Why is my thread bunching underneath?

A: Looping on the underside, or back of the fabric, means the top tension is too loose compared to the bobbin tension, so the bobbin thread is pulling too much top thread underneath. By tightening the top tension, the loops will stop, but the added tension may cause breakage, especially with sensitive threads.

What tension should I use for thin cotton?

Use size 70/10 for really thin cotton like voile, size 80/12 for light to medium weight cotton, and 90/14 for thick cotton like denim.

What should the tension be set on a Singer sewing machine?

The target figure should be around 30 to 40g. (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 oz) but it does not have to be too precise. However most people don’t have a spring balance handy, so alternatively you can tie a weight of the correct amount onto the thread and then jerk the bobbin gently upwards.

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